Yes, it is true. Kim Jong-Il is dead at 70. Happy news? I find it rather eerie. God knows what the next few months/years are gonna be like with North Korea, nuclear weapons, the future stability (or lack of) of the Korean Peninsula, etc. Kim Jong-un, the successor? Who is reportedly a savage being? Who (reportedly) had a heavy hand on the unprovoked artillery barrage on South Korea's island earlier this year? I dunno. *** At the moment, I find the news of his death and the international reaction to his death to be strangely fascinating. Look: political chaos is walking a very fine line now. There is (somewhat infinitesimal) prospect that the 38th parallel is gonna completely unravel. (I hope not.) North Korea may completely implode. A political struggle between Kim Jong-un and the top generals is possible. Or the new Leader may stray from the iron-fist of his forefathers and lead the country out of its current shitstate. Whatever, let history unfold before our eyes! *** lol at this: The Onion: *** You know what else died (or is gonna die) with the Dear Leader's death? This rather amusing photoblog: *** Bin Laden dead. Kim Jong-Il dead. Gaddafi dead. Who's next?